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Today's Opinions

  • What we think: Census figures show what we already knew

    By now you have read the description of the new statistical face of Shelby County as drawn by the 2010 census. We doubt you were surprised any more than we were about what this analysis discerned about our community.
    To understand that Shelby County has seen burgeoning growth in the past decade – 38 percent more residents than in 2000 – doesn’t require a degree in statistics or even a detailed market analysis.
    We’ve seen the growth just by driving around our communities.

  • We congratulate: Shelby County's academy plans for high schools

    Shelby County Public Schools’ plan to create and implement high-performance academies for its best high school students is a step of great value for all of Shelby County.

  • Letters to the Editor, March 23, 2011

    Instrument donation program

  • SOUDER: The madness this March spreads beyond basketball

    Well, it’s March, so bring on the madness. This time of year means only one thing around here: basketball, basketball and more basketball.

    And though there isn’t as much local interest in the KHSAA Sweet 16 this year, NCAA Tournament fever is high. Regrettably, my “home team” – the Indiana Hoosiers – are sitting this one out (again), and I find myself sounding like a Chicago Cubs fan as I hopefully say, “Wait till next year!”

  • What we think: School calendar shouldn’t be shorter

    Normally, we might congratulate the Shelby County Board of Education for finding a way to end the school year on time.

    That’s a goal every year, of course, but the annual recesses required by Mother Nature sometimes cause disruption, for which students – and their families – pay by attending classes, it seems, until Flag Day becomes part of the curriculum.

  • We congratulate: Plan to build trails around Shelbyville

    We love the concept of building a trail around the City of Shelbyville, to connect Clear Creek and Red Orchard parks with a pathway for runners, walkers and cyclists to patrol the rim of Clear Creek.

    We think this is an important step in helping Shelbyville become the type of full-service and healthier, greener community it should be.

    It could – and hopefully will – be the first lane of a series of such trails that roll through the county.

  • Surviving in the NCAA Tournament? That’s really not so difficult

    Today’s the day when we’re supposed to mourn the NCAA Basketball Tournament, aka Big East Invitational, and its myopically developed field and obtusely seeded brackets (for UK fans).

    And that would have been a worthy thing to do, to suggest that only the winners from last week’s conference tournaments should move forward, thus removing all the decision-making and golden parachutes for failing teams. Those points have merit.

    But does all that really matter so much?

  • Surviving in the NCAA Tournament? That’s really not so difficult

    Today’s the day when we’re supposed to mourn the NCAA Basketball Tournament, aka Big East Invitational, and its myopically developed field and obtusely seeded brackets (for UK fans).

    And that would have been a worthy thing to do, to suggest that only the winners from last week’s conference tournaments should move forward, thus removing all the decision-making and golden parachutes for failing teams. Those points have merit.

    But does all that really matter so much?